Theological/philosophical/cultural/spiritual thoughts about God and the Real Jesus.
Monday, June 06, 2016
Be Quick to Listen. Be Slow to Text.
Never use Facebook or texting to share negative things or work out interpersonal conflict. For such things Face-to-Face is best.
When face-to-face, listen first. Understand before opening your mouth. Be a slow cooker rather than a microwave.
Henri Nouwen writes:
"When you write a very angry letter to a friend who has hurt you deeply, don't send it! Let the letter sit on your table for a few days and read it over a number of times. Then ask yourself: "Will this letter bring life to me and my friend? Will it bring healing, will it bring a blessing?" You don't have to ignore the fact that you are deeply hurt. You don't have to hide from your friend that you feel offended. But you can respond in a way that makes healing and forgiveness possible and opens the door for new life. Rewrite the letter if you think it does not bring life, and send it with a prayer for your friend." (Bread for the Journey)
Be quick to listen.
Be slow to text.
My book Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God is available HERE and as a Kindle book HERE. You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.